MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. — Continuing its foray into single-estate auctions, The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc., will host an auction of the Orentreich Foundation Art Collection on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. ET, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. The sale represents the market debut of a trove of artworks collected by the Manhattan and Cold Spring, New York-based medical-research foundation, which has conducted important research on aging, cancer, dermatology, and serum biomarkers.
The artworks were collected over a period of decades by the organization’s founder, Dr. Norman Orentreich. A portion of the sale proceeds will be donated to the foundation.
“I am thrilled to present this collection, which was carefully put together by the collector,” said Pam Stone, owner and founder of The Benefit Shop Foundation. “While the collector has a definite fondness for Haitian art, as seen here in artworks by several artists, the collection is very diverse overall in styles, covering a broad range from antique to modern, oils to sculptures to textile arts.”
The auction gets off and running with lot 1, a Jules Moigniez (1835-1895) signed bronze eagle statue ($500-$2,000) depicting an eagle in mid-flight with one foot perched on a branch, 31½ inches tall.
A small but choice grouping of Haitian art is led by a traditional Haitian folk art scene by Andre Normil, a signed oil painting on panel ($500-$1,000), depicting a town full of people celebrating with music, food and games, 27½ by 37½ inches; a Gérard Valcin signed oil painting on panel ($500-$1,000) of a murder of crows in a corn field, also done in the classic Haitian primitive style, 32½ by 44¼ inches; and by Haitian artist Salnave Phillippe-Auguste, a signed oil on board ($400-800) depicts vines growing a variety of brightly colored fruits and flowers. It measures 25⅓ by 21⅛ inches.
The auction will send in the clowns with a selection of works by artist Billy Snel, known for his clown portrait paintings. Most are estimated at $200-$600. Highlights include a watercolor of a simplistic clown with a red nose, 27¼ by 21 inches and an abstracted clown holding a glass, 29⅛ by x 25¼ inches. Also by the artist is not a clown portrait but a striking abstract oil on canvas ($400-800) filled with thick black brushstrokes filled in with colorful accents. The work is inscribed on verso: “For Dr.Orentreich and Dr.Berger, This Side Up, Bily Snel 129 W. 69th NYC.”
Within the eclectic array of artworks on are a John Goodyear signed oil painting on panel ($200-$600) from 1964 that shows a townhouse and a Victorian style home side by side in a winter setting, 19½ by 23½ inches; and a Miharu Lane signed acrylic painting on board ($100-$500) of a woman and child in traditional Japanese kimono and dress amid festival lanterns, bamboo and snow, 24¼ by 21 inches.
Other auction lots of note include: an Asian embroidery on fabric depicting chickens amid flowers ($150-$300), 48 by 14½ inches, and an Akiba Emmanuel painting, “Under The Crab Apple Tree” ($400-$800), which is an abstracted scene of figures in an interior, 52⅝ by 33 inches.
The Benefit Shop Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit and auction proceeds support community organizations. Consignors get a tax deduction, the buyer gets a great deal and local non-profits get much needed funds. For additional information about any item in the auction, call 914-864-0707. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
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